Sunday, 22 May 2016

Our fun family day out to Drusillas Park!

As Craig and I both work full time, we really value our weekends, especially Sunday's as it's the only day we are all off together. To us family time = fun time.

A couple of weeks ago we decided to make the most of the beautiful sunny weather and headed down to Drusillas Park in Sussex. It's only just over an hour from us and is so easy to find. Drusillas tag line is 'No Ordinary Zoo' which I think sums up the park perfectly. I have great memories of visiting the park as a child, so it's great to be able to take my own children too! 

We started off the day by visiting some farm animals. Millie really loves a farm animal so was in her element! Both of the children really loved the 'milking the cow' activity, there are also lots of fun ways to find out information in this section! 

We then cut across the middle of the park to visit the amazing Hello Kitty Secret Garden! We all love Hello Kitty and the children were super excited about 'driving' Hello Kitty's car. There are 3 rides in this area, we were pretty surprised that we didn't really have to que that much for any of them. 

The central area was not overly busy (by this time it was almost noon) and I think the biggest tip I would give anybody would be to do the central part of the park first and then back track slightly to go round the zoo. We found that even though the park was busy, most people followed the arrows meaning that the central area was quiet in the morning and the zoo was relatively quiet in the afternoon. 

As it was a really warm day, we had packed the children's swimming costumes. Before visiting we had read that new for 2016 was a Get Wet area, with splash pads and slides it sounded perfect for our two water loving monkeys! It's a really great addition to the park, we spent a fair amount of time there. Lots of water spraying up out of the ground and (if you are feeling brave) from above! 

Now, you can't come to Drusillas without having a ride on Thomas the Tank Engine. It just so happens that Millie loves Thomas! Chester has apparently 'outgrown' Thomas but that didn't stop him enjoying the ride! 

We then spent the afternoon exploring the rest of the park. The children loved being able to stamp their books when they spotted certain animals, and there were lots of challenges for them to take part in!

The variety of animals is great, we saw so many animals, some that we haven't seen elsewhere. We also managed to spot one of the Red Panda's in a tree, which absolutely made panda mad Millie's day!  

We were able to walk in with the lemurs and also with the birds, with Craig and Millie being brave enough to feed the birds! 

We had an absolutely fantastic day at Drusillas, there is just so much to see and do. The variety of things to do meant that the children were kept entertained all day long. All of the Hello Kitty rides, the Thomas the Tank Engine train ride and the splash areas were included in the entrance price, and on selected dates throughout the year they even have various character meet and greets. It is such a unique place to visit, a refreshing change to your every day 'family day out'. 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Chester's trip to A&E *warning do not read if you are squeamish!

This morning I got the phone call I have been dreading since the moment Chester started School. It started with 'Hello is that Chester's Mum' and I knew in that instant something had happened. You see normally when the school ring me they say ' Hello is that Chester's Mum, don't worry Chester is fine but...'

Sadly my instincts were right and something was very wrong. Chester had tripped over in the class room and fell chin first into a table leg. I was advised over the phone that he would need to go to MIU so I left work immediately. 

When I walked into the School and saw Chester sitting there with 3 teachers looking as white as his polo shirt I had to take a deep breath and hold back the tears. He looked awful, I have never seen him look as awful as he did this morning and it really shocked me. 

The teachers were all amazing and had done a great job of caring for him. I was advised that they had to lye him down because he had a bit of a funny moment, they had put a gauze over his chin so I couldn't quite see how bad the cut was, only that it was obviously still bleeding. 

So we drove the 3 minutes up the road to MIU (and subsequently spent a further 15 minutes finding a parking space), and as soon as we walked up to the receptionist we received nothing but the best care. 

I gave all the details and the receptionist signed him in, she took one look at him and said 'I am putting him top of the list you won't have to wait long at all'. Sure enough we were seen within a couple of minutes, despite it being packed out with other patients. The nurse was amazing with a very tearful and anxious Chester. She checked him over thoroughly but wasn't happy, so sent us to our local(ish) A&E.

Chester was very dopey and not really with it for quite some time, what with that and the wobble at School the nurses and Doctors wanted to keep a very close eye on him. He also had a few moments at the hospital where he just wanted to close his eyes, poor little mite. 

So again, at the hospital we were seen swiftly by triage and then again by the doctor, who decided to lay Chester on a bed in his own little room for quite some time to observe him. 

By now the gauze had come off and the wound looked like this...

Apologies to all squeamish readers! 

So it was decided that he would have a butterfly strip put on to pull it closer together and then medical glue to seal it. 

Now it looks like this... 

He is now home, where I have given him countless cuddles and asked him probably more than 100 times how he is feeling! He is a bit subdued, which I am pretty sure is probably a bit of shock coming out. And even though he is still a little tearful, mainly because he is sad he will have to take it easy at playtime for a few days, he seems to be perking up more and more as the evening has gone on. 

Today, I am very thankful to everyone who played a part in caring for Chester. It was a very anxious time for him (and me) but he was treated with the upmost respect and care.